Arab American Muslims Welcome Eid al-Fitr
Saturday evening marks the last day of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month wherein able-bodied Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, and abstain from negative behavior, such as gossiping or becoming aggravated with others. on Saturday, May 24th marks the celebration known as Eid al-Fitr which is observed all around the world, normally with elaborate feasts, festivals, and celebrations. The Eid al-Fitr celebration lasts for three days and is treated as an official holiday in Muslim majority countries to allow citizens to travel and visit family. Probably this Eid, family visits will take place with carefulness and more creative celebrations will happen online.
Eid al-Fitr, translating to “celebration of breaking fast,” begins with a special morning prayer that has attendees observing social distancing mostly outside of mosques to limit the spread of COVID 19. Following the prayers, Muslim families and friends, at this time, will conduct also their gatherings outside in the open air to share fantastic feasts packed with delicious main dishes and traditional desserts.
The end of Ramadan marks the end of a month of fasting, goodwill, and charity. The typical Ramadan greeting is “Ramadan Kareem” (generous Ramadan, in Arabic). Muslims have spent the month experiencing the life of the less fortunate and making efforts to shape the world around them into a more peaceful, generous one.
Eid al-Fitr celebrates the fruition of these efforts and connects Muslims around the world in one spirit of love, giving, and the submission to the will of Allah/God.
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